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Hyperthyroidism has to be Monitored

Sunday, January 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I mentioned in earlier posts that my cat Atlantis was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This mean that the thyroid is overactive and speeds up everything in the body. It affects all organs and can cause death if not caught and controlled. Atlantis is on Methimazole the drug used to control hyperthyroidsim. He is doing very well. He’s gaining weight, eating well and those digestive problems seem to be subsiding. He’s now a very happy boy. We can’t stop here, Atlantis needs to go back to the Vet in early February to check is thyroid levels. Many times, the medication has to be adjusted because hypothyroidism may occur. This means that the thyroid becomes under active. It’s like a gauge that needs to be adjusted.

Atlantis’s thyroid needs to be monitored every now and then throughout his life. Owners need to be very aware of any changes with may be an indicator that hyperthyroidism has returned. This disease never goes away, it just goes into remission. I’m speaking from experience. In 2005, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it was controlled with Methimazole. I was later taken off the drug and it appeared that the disease had gone into remission. I was symptom free for about four years but some symptoms returned such as fast heart rate and high blood pressure. I was put back on Methimazole. I’m now in remission but I have my Thyroid checked every time I get blood work.

Hyperthyroidism is controllable but symptoms should never be ignored.

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